As the whole world mourns this great man of peace, we send our prayers of comfort especially to all of you in South Africa and to all of you who once called SA home. The loss of Nelson Mandela is a loss for all humanity.
This past week's parsha Vayigash recalled the dramatic story of Joseph's revelation to his brothers of his true identity. The story is one about the power of teshuvah for Joseph and Judah, and we could also call it a story about the power of Truth and Reconciliation.
The story of South Africa's remarkable journey of teshuvah, led by a most remarkable man, is one of biblical proportions, and one that will be an enduring story of hope and inspiration. This is Mandela's profound legacy.
May his memory be for a blessing.
— Judy Mars Kupchan, CEO
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning